Season ticket holders enjoy selection process for Grand Junction Rockies
Being a Colorado Rockies season ticket holder for five years, Bob Suydam was thrilled to see the Rockies Advanced Rookie affiliate relocate to Grand Junction.
Suydam, who retired to Grand Junction in 1998, was the first person to order Grand Junction Rockies season tickets, back on the morning of Oct. 20. He and his wife, Adele, picked their two seats for the team’s inauguaral season Sunday afternoon at Two Rivers Convention Center.
“I was amazed we got No. 1,” Suydam said. “I’m an early morning guy.”
By the end of the day, 874 seats were purchased and selected.
“This solidifies my comment that this is the baseball capital of the state of Colorado by far,” Grand Junction Rockies General Manager Tim Ray said. “I think that was the vision directed by our owners that they knew exactly where to move the team, knowing the history of this area with JUCO and Mesa being one of the top Division II programs in the country and the four high schools.
“The season ticket folks are the lifeblood of our organization. At the end of the day, it’s about people in the seats. The turnout is fantastic. It’s nice putting a face to the email.”
There are still season tickets available, including in the new seatbacks on the first-base dugout side, Ray said. Fans can call 255-7625.
The Grand Junction Rockies will play 76 games (38 home, 38 away) in the eight-team Pioneer League. The season begins June 18. The Grand Junction Rockies home opener is June 23 against Idaho Falls.
The Suydams lived on the Front Range and had season tickets to the Colorado Rockies with three partners since their inaugural season in 1993 until 1998 when they moved to Grand Junction after Bob’s retirement. He was a geologist.
“I’m a baseball want-a-be,” Suydam said. “I was never very good at it but I love the game. We’ve been JUCO fans since we moved here.
“We already got those reserve seats (for JUCO) too.”
The Suydams picked section J, Row D, right behind home plate.
“It’s down there where they’re just three seats,” Suydam said. “It’s barely off home plate. By going a little bit off home plate we were able to get down in front.
“I don’t think we made a mistake. My question was regarding obstruction with the (light) poles and what not, but they moved it back.”
Alan and Lori Simpson of Grand Junction had priority number 2, but they were boarding a cruise ship as the seat selection process was taking place, so Doug Ruhing, who had priority number 3, picked the Simpson’s two seats then his four seats in the new section of seats behind the first-base dugout, which will be the Rockies dugout.
Rushing picked Section H, Row C for the Simpsons then the four next to them for his family, including his wife Barb Rushing and Connie Salway and 14-year-old Dakota Payton.
“The view at home plate clear down the whole field,” Rushing explained. “We planned on Section G and Row A, but they were giving the sponsors those, but I understand that.”
Section G is the first section with the seatbacks closest to home plate.
“They were the best first row seats,” Connie said.
Grand Junction Rockies memorabilia was available to purchase, but the first 60 GJ baseball caps stenciled like the CR for the parent club, were already sold out before Sunday.
B&H Sports is having caps more made.